Alex Pettyfer Goes Racing as James Hunt

Alex Pettyfer Goes Racing as James Hunt

Alex Pettyfer is going from a beast (Beastly), to an alien (I Am Number Four) and now to a race car driver. reports that the 20-year-old actor will play the title character in DreamWorks Pictures’ adaptation of Tom Rubython’s book, “Shunt: The Story of James Hunt.”

The book’s summary: James Hunt is remembered more for his girlfriends and wild personal exploits than for his skills in a race car. But the excesses of his glamorous life cannot hide the fact that he was, in many people’s opinion, the fastest driver on the Formula One circuits in the 1970s. In an era dominated by the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda and Ronnie Peterson, Hunt stood out in terms of raw speed and his seemingly effortless ability to plant a Formula One car on pole position. In this full and comprehensive account of the life of James Hunt, the author and his researchers have examined every detail of the driver’s life — from his very earliest days to the last hours of his existence — as well as the lives of the people he left behind.

Alex will also produce the film next to John Palermo.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Alex’s new project?

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  • mike

    sounds good

  • Kim

    2011 is going to be a good year for Alex :)

    [It would be even more perfect if he'll get the role of Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments, alongside Lily Collins!]

  • Maila

    I agree Kim! 2011 year of Alex!

    I know! I am dying for him to be cast Jace Wayland!!! I was hoping for Emma Stone to play Clary, but oh well, as long as Alex is Jace I will be very happy :)

  • sunny

    Good for him! I can see him as a fast driving, womanizing man, he is too cute!

  • Sarha

    Can’t wait for this movie! I hope it will be a big hit.